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Edinburgh’s nightlife has it all. The hardest part is deciding where to start and finish your night so here’s where to enjoy a cocktail or a dance. For the discerning drinker, you don’t really have to look much further than the area around George Street. At the west end of the street, Candy Bar is a haunt for all the pretty young things, while Le Monde offers something similar at the other end of the drag. Neighbours Grand Cru and 99 Hanover Street are laid-back bars and their DJs are always excellent. The eye-catching Tigerlily, even has its own club, Lulu, downstairs.
If you find yourself up in the Old Town, you’ll definitely want to make a beeline for the bar in the five-star Radisson Collection hotel. Just off the High Street, it’s a real triumph of design. Hidden away down a nearby vennel, is the fabulous Devil’s Advocate which boasts hundreds of whiskies. For cocktails, try Bramble on Queen Street or its sister bars, Lucky Liquor and the Last Word Saloon. Squirrelled away below street level, Panda & Sons is a hidden speakeasy-style cocktail bar with a barbershop vibe, with a sister bar, Hoot The Redeemer that is equally as wacky.
For wine lovers, Stockbridge’s Smith & Gertrude and Good Brothers are both first-rate examples of the type of modern enotecas you might find in say, Perugia or Melbourne, while Bar à Vin, a few minutes walk from Princes Street, offers a more traditional dose of Gallic charm. And if you fancy staying up until the wee small hours but aren’t worried about what everyone around is wearing, make your way to one of the pubs and clubs with more of a party atmosphere – Whistlebinkies, Stramash and Dropkick Murphys are merry, lively, and often have live bands playing classic hits. And to soak up some of that famous Scottish hospitality, Ghillie Dhu hosts late-night ceilidhs at weekends.
19a West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA
The Voodoo Rooms is an award-winning bar, restaurant and entertainment venue located in the heart of central Edinburgh. Bar specialities include rums, tequilas and cutting edge cocktails. The restaurant has an eclectic menu and food is served until 10pm daily. Visit website
6 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 7TH
Based on Lothian Road, the Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen offers relaxed drinking and dining experiences for beer and food enthusiasts looking for flavour, passion and craft. The beers on offer are varied and rotational – from fresh, unpasteurised Innis & Gunn beer direct from the brewery, to craft beer offerings from Scotland and the rest of the world. And if beer isn’t your thing, then there’s also have a delicious range of cocktails, hoptails, wines and spirits, to suit all pockets and palates. Visit website
37 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2NH
Robertsons 37 Bar is an old-fashioned, old school bar famed for it’s whiskies and an abundance of real character. For more than one hundred years Robertsons 37 Bar has stood vigil between the busy shopping avenues of Princes St and George St ensuring the thirst of both loyal regular and passing patron alike does not go unslaked.
119 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SG
Whiski Bar & Restaurant is a multi award-winning whisky bar that serves fresh Scottish food all day. The bar offers over 300 whiskies and a great selection of craft beers, wines and cocktails. Whiski Bar & Restaurant has a great atmosphere with free live Scottish music every night. Families and groups are welcome, an amazing experience is guaranteed! Visit website
5 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD
Located in the heart of Edinburgh, overlooking St Andrew Square, The Refinery offers an all-day drinking and dining experience in beautiful surroundings. From craft coffee and business breakfasts in the morning to dinner dates and cocktails late into the evening, The Refinery is your everyday escape. Visit website
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